6. Vegetation Management Areas The 50-foot vegetation buffer along interior park trails is intended to be moderately managed to maintain low-growing native plants in order to establish open view sheds within the park.10 The managed buffer along the east, west, and south trails will be 10 feet wide along the outer buffer sections.11 This practice is intended to promote public safety and a sense of comfort among park users. Where conditions allow, native flowering plants should be planted along trails to enhance forage opportunities for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and to beautify the park. The buffer may require periodic plant thinning or removal, new plantings, or mechanical removal of plants. The Community Development and Public Works Directors will coordinate on maintenance practices of the buffer. Areas outside of the 50-foot vegetation buffer will receive minimal maintenance in order to promote natural ecological functions and habitat preservation.
7. Tree Hazard Assessment & Mitigation Several properties along the park’s western boundary are within falling distance of park trees. The greatest risk of tree fall is in the winter months due to snow, ice and high winds. The winters of 2008 and 2009 saw numerous tree failures with some resulting in property damage. In response, an arborist subsequently inspected and removed many high-risk trees.
8. Tree Fall within the Park
Trees along the western park boundary should be assessed annually. Where appropriate, tree hazards should be mitigated by pruning or cabling rather than removal. Tree topping is discouraged except as needed to eliminate an immediate risk.
Fallen trees should remain in place to promote related ecological functions subject to the following conditions: • Tree debris smaller than 12 inches in diameter that
falls within the 50-foot trail buffer will be removed from
the buffer. Debris may be relocated to other parts of
• Small diameter debris should be chipped in place
• Trees that fall outside of the 50-foot buffers may be
left in place, except that pruning of branches may be
desired for aesthetic purposes and to protect views
through the park if obstructed by fallen trees.
The buffer extends 25 feet on both sides of the trail from the trail centerline. The term “outer” means the area between the trail and adjoining properties.
Design and layout of a new five year parks master plan for the City of Fairview in Fairview, Oregon.